Snake Bite First Aid in Australia: What You Need to Know in an Emergency thumbnail

Fancy the chance of helping to save somebody’s life? Then read on… I was driving home from Bunnings a month ago, the car filled to capacity with flatpack garden furniture as I prepared for spring. Five minutes from home, I just about managed a minor swerve to avoid squashing the head of a snake who [...]

Extras Medical Insurance and Going to the Dentist in Australia thumbnail

Time for another reprinting of an article I wrote for Australia and New Zealand magazine, this appeared in their October 2017 issue. This is a reprint with a difference though, because it comes with ‘Extras’, if you’ll excuse the pun. My magazine articles are restricted to 550 words or thereabouts, here there are no restrictions. [...]

Is Australia Finished? A Comparison with the UK and the US thumbnail

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Australia’s Ever Changing Economy; Have Sydney and Melbourne Peaked? It was based on the latest State of States report from CommSec and my conclusion was that maybe the days of Victoria and New South Wales being the powerhouses of Australia were coming to an end. A [...]

Australia’s Ever Changing Economy; Have Sydney and Melbourne Peaked? thumbnail

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in case you didn’t know, is one of Australia’s big four banks. Commonwealth Securities, also known as CommSec, is an Australian online stockbroking firm operated by the Commonwealth Bank. I’m sure you’re grateful of introduction, but why should we care? Because every three months, CommSec produce a report called ‘State [...]

6 Must Dos in Cairns and Port Douglas; a Queensland Coast Road Trip thumbnail

As any long-standing readers with even longer standing memories will recall, back in 2016 I was writing a series of posts about my coastal Queensland road trip. Then in November 2016, when the series had got as far as Cairns, I had to put it on hold after we bought a new house. That placed [...]

Latest Visa News Update: July 2018 thumbnail

The following content has been written by Simon Earles, a MARA registered migration agent that I have been working closely with on this website since March 2014. Simon has already helped hundreds of my readers to move to Australia through our Visa Assessment Service. This is the second of his regular updates on all the [...]

Faulty Goods and Australian Consumer Law: Meet the ACCC thumbnail

In the 10 years that we’ve lived in Australia, we’ve bought quite a bit of stuff. Furniture, electrical goods, white goods, beds, houses, cars, all sorts of stuff. As anybody who buys stuff knows, sometimes things go wrong. Of all the stuff we’ve bought, things have gone wrong on several occasions, and by and large [...]

Microbreweries in Australia: Who Needs the Beach with These Crafty Changes? thumbnail

As I’ve said many times on this website, Brisbane doesn’t do beaches very well. But who needs them? Things are changing here in Australia, and I wrote about it for Australia New Zealand magazine some time ago. This article appeared in their September 2017 magazine, and I gave it the title of “Better than beaches”, [...]

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